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Miroslav Dvořák (ice hockey)
|Born|| (1951-10-11)October 11, 1951
Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czechoslovakia
|Died|| June 12, 2008(2008-06-12) (aged 56)
České Budějovice, Czech Republic
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for|| NHL
HC České Budějovice
|NHL Draft|| 46th overall, 1982
|Men's ice hockey|
Miroslav "Cookie" Dvořák (October 11, 1951 – June 12, 2008) was a Czechoslovak professional ice hockey defenseman who played three seasons in the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is also well known as a famous player of Czech Extraliga (Czechoslovak) team HC České Budějovice, where he spent most of his active career.
In 1967 he started professional ice hockey career playing for HC České Budějovice Junior team and from 1970 became a member of 'senior team'. In the same year Dvořák was named the best defender of World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Sweden. During his military service he moved to the army team Dukla Jihlava where he spent 2 seasons. He also played for Czechoslovak national ice hockey team and won 8 medals overall in the Ice Hockey World Championships in years 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983 and represented Czechoslovakia on 1976 and 1981 Canada Cups and on 1980 Winter Olympics as well. He was drafted by Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round in 1982 and played 3 seasons in North America, playing in the NHL for Philadelphia. He had to wait until his thirties to play NHL, as playing overseas under the age of 30 was strictly prohibited because of sports rules during communism era in Czechoslovakia. He left professional ice hockey after the 88-89 season and went back to Czechoslovakia to play for HC České Budějovice.
Regular season and playoffs
|1970–71||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||36||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||20||1||1||2||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||ASD Dukla Jihlava||TCH||4||7||11||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||ASD Dukla Jihlava||TCH||14||7||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|1974–75||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||10||18||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||31||9||2||11||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976–77||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||4||14||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||43||10||16||26||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||42||3||19||22||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1979–80||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||44||7||17||24||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|1980–81||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||44||8||27||35||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||38||6||20||26||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||ESG Kassel||FRG II||45||13||48||61||36||17||8||23||31||30|
|1986–87||ESG Kassel||FRG II||34||4||40||44||32||18||4||14||18||12|
|1987–88||EHC Essen-West||FRG II||36||10||36||46||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||TJ Motor České Budějovice||TCH||39||0||10||10||16||—||—||—||—||—|
- TCH totals do not include statistics from the 1970–71, 1972–73 to 1974–75, and 1976–77 seasons.
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